Pleasure Craft Operator Card
All operators require proof of competency on board.
The Competency of Operators of Pleasure Craft Regulations require operators of pleasure craft fitted with a motor and used for recreational purposes to have proof of competency on board at all times.
Proof of competency includes:
- A Pleasure Craft Operator Card
- If you hold any certificate on the List of Marine Safety Certificates Recognized for the Issuance of a Pleasure Craft Operator Card, you already meet the requirements of the Competency of Operators of Pleasure Craft Regulations – you just need to make sure you carry your certificate on board. Proof of certification may include original documentation or a copy of the certificate.
- Proof of having successfully completed a boating safety course in Canada prior to April 1, 1999; or,
- A completed rental-boat safety checklist.
The operator card is good-for-life.
These requirements were phased in over ten years. Proof of competency is now required on board for all pleasure craft operators.
While there are a number of programs available which lead to receiving your PCOC, we recommend the Oakville Power and Sail Squadron as an excellent source of safe boating training.